Rachel Cantor’s practice focuses on the tax aspects of complex business transactions including domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, and leveraged buyouts, as well as joint ventures, recapitalizations and debt and equity restructurings.

Rachel has worked on numerous private equity, LBO and merger and acquisition transactions ranging from several million dollars to several billion dollars for clients including: Madison Dearborn Partners, Audax Group, Wind Point Partners, Levine Leichtman and Accel KKR.

Rachel currently serves as the Chair of the Planning Committee for the University of Chicago Federal Tax Conference.

Recognized by Chambers USA for Tax from 2017–2021, the guide reports Rachel as “super-smart” while clients praise her as “terrific…she puts her clients' needs first” as well as “responsive and creative” and “very pragmatic and solution-oriented.” She has also been recommended by The Legal 500 U.S. recognized by clients as "really smart, diligent, and pleasant to work with." Rachel was also named to “Chicago’s Notable Women in Law” list by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2020 and selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Tax Law since 2013.


Thought Leadership


Rachel presented on the topic: “The Opaque Meaning of U.S. Property Under Section 956” at The University of Chicago 66th Tax Conference on November 9, 2013.

She has also been a lecturer on a variety of federal tax issues at seminars and conferences, including the Tax Executives Institute, the Chicago Tax Club, the Practicing Law Institute and the Chicago Kent Federal Tax Institute.


Named to “Chicago’s Notable Women in Law” by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2020.

Recognized by Best Lawyers, Spring 2017 Business Edition, “Women In The Law” for Tax Law.

Recognized by Chambers USA from 2017–2021 for Tax Law. Selected as an “Up and Coming” lawyer in 2014 and 2015. The guide calls her a “[r]ising star,” “[s]uper-smart,” has a “very commercial approach to tax problems” and clients say she is “very pragmatic and solution-oriented”

Selected as "MVP of the Year" for Tax Law by Law360 in 2013.

Named to "Chicago's 40 Under 40" by The National Law Journal in July 2013.

Selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Tax Law in 2013–2020.

Recognized by clients as "really smart, diligent, and pleasant to work with," Rachel has been recommended for both private equity and tax in The Legal 500 U.S.

Memberships & Affiliations

Chair, The University of Chicago Federal Tax Conference, 2020–


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2003New York
  • 2003District of Columbia
  • 2006Illinois


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors2000
    Comment Editor, University of Chicago Law Review
  • Yale UniversityB.S., Computer Sciencecum laude 1995